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  1. Cardinals, pitching coach Dave Duncan agree to two-year deal

    Oct 25, 2010, 2:48 PM EST

    Dave Duncan, Jaime Garcia, Yadier Molina

    The past 24 hours have seen a lot of movement on the pitching coach front, with John Farrell taking the Blue Jays’ manager job, the Yankees firing Dave Eiland, and Curt Young leaving the A’s with an eye toward joining the Diamondbacks. Despite the sudden rash of prominent pitching coach openings one of the best…

  2. Memo to mainstream media: Girardi relying on hitter-pitcher matchups is not sabermetrics

    Oct 25, 2010, 2:16 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    With a few exceptions the media members in New York are ripping Joe Girardi to shreds following the Yankees’ lackluster showing in the ALCS and many of them are focusing on the fact that Girardi places a great deal of importance on hitter-pitcher matchups, often mocking the material contained in his “binder.” Along the way…

  3. For anxious Mets fans: An archived Sandy Alderson interview

    Oct 25, 2010, 2:06 PM EST

    Sandy Alderson

    Geoff Young of Ducksnorts conducted an extensive interview of Sandy Alderson back in 2008.  You can read it here, here and here if you’d like. Today, however, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York excerpts Geoff’s interview, doing his best to isolate the questions that may be of interest to Mets fans trying to assess the…

  4. Ozzie Guillen to work as World Series analyst on FOX

    Oct 25, 2010, 1:45 PM EST

    2931912-ozzie

    For the second straight season FOX has hired Ozzie Guillen as a World Series analyst. According to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune the White Sox manager “will work the pregame and postgame shows with Chris Rose and Eric Karros” and also “join Joe Buck and Tim McCarver as an analyst for late-inning strategy.” I’m…

  5. Ask for Sad Ryan Howard Photoshops, get Sad Ryan Howard Photoshops

    Oct 25, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    This morning I said that it would be cool if people Photoshopped Sad Ryan Howard in various scenes.  From my mouth to Tauntr’s computer. I like the Lion King the best, I think.

  6. Dave Eiland out as Yankees pitching coach

    Oct 25, 2010, 1:03 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    We weren’t expecting this: Brian Cashman is having his season-in-review press conference at Yankee Stadium, and he just announced that pitching coach Dave Eiland won’t be returning in 2011. Cashman said that the reason for the firing is “private,” but that it’s not a result of the Yankees’ poor pitching performance in the ALCS. The…

  7. Andy Pettitte pitched through back and leg injuries in playoffs

    Oct 25, 2010, 12:48 PM EST

    Andy Pettitte

    Joe Girardi and the Yankees moved Andy Pettitte to Game 3 of the ALCS after starting him in Game 2 of the ALDS, and today the manager revealed why: Pettitte was struggling with back and hamstring injuries and they wanted to give him as much time as possible to recover. Girardi explained that Pettitte pitched…

  8. Amaro: we have the money and the desire to bring Jayson Werth back . . . but

    Oct 25, 2010, 12:29 PM EST

    Jayson Werth

    Most people are assuming that Jayson Werth has played his last game for the Phillies. He’s planning on holding a press conference at 1PM Eastern today, and no matter what he says, people will read all manner of things into it, including the desire to test the free agent market.  Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, who…

  9. Bryce Harper goes 3-for-8 in first week at Arizona Fall League

    Oct 25, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

    AZ Fall League: Mesa v Scottsdale

    As a member of the Scottsdale Scorpions’ “taxi squad” Bryce Harper is only allowed to play twice a week in the Arizona Fall League, but the No. 1 overall pick still managed to make a big first impression in his debut. Harper went 3-for-8 in his first two games, including a bases-loaded ground-rule double that…

  10. A-Rod, LeBron party down after the ALCS loss

    Oct 25, 2010, 11:59 AM EST

    See what happens when there are no baseball games, Bud Selig? I’m forced to link to TMZ. I hope you’re proud of yourself.

  11. Potential Jeter deal: three years, $45 million?

    Oct 25, 2010, 11:35 AM EST

    Derek Jeter triple

    That’s what Joel Sherman is floating in this column.  The overall thinking is fairly sound: the Yankees will overpay what he’s really worth to some degree because it would be embarrassing for everyone involved if some other team made a competitive offer, but they’re not going to do what a lot of us figured they…

  12. Ryan Howard was hardly the Phillies’ biggest problem

    Oct 25, 2010, 11:19 AM EST

    Ryan Howard

    Ryan Howard struck out a ton in the playoffs, including watching a called third strike to end Philadelphia’s season in a spot where just about everyone can agree that he should have swung, but the increasingly repeated notion that he’s primarily to blame for the NLCS loss to the Giants seems to be ignoring one…

  13. By the way: the World Series is still unlikely to be televised in New York and Philly

    Oct 25, 2010, 11:03 AM EST

    old TV

    At least for Cabevision subscribers, as the retransmission battle between it and FOX drags on. I know a lot of Phillies and Yankees fans who claim they won’t watch the Fall Classic now that their teams are out of it, but that’s just bluster. Real baseball fans will want to watch the World Series. And…

  14. Blue Jays to announce John Farrell as new manager today

    Oct 25, 2010, 10:47 AM EST

    john farrell in jacket

    News broke over the weekend that the Blue Jays are hiring Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell as their new manager and an official announcement is expected to come at a press conference this afternoon. WEEI.com has been out in front reporting on the Blue Jays’ manager search and Rob Bradford confirmed the hiring by…

  15. Sad Ryan Howard is sad

    Oct 25, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

    Sorry we’re going with so many photo-centric posts this morning, but it beats reading a thousand words over and over again, right?

  16. Don’t call it a “small-market” World Series matchup

    Oct 25, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

    world series logo

    I’ve already seen a lot of grumbling from various media members on Twitter about how the Giants-Rangers matchup is going to be a ratings nightmare for FOX. That may turn out to be true, but it won’t be because the markets involved are small ones. J.C. Bradbury of Sabernomics notes that Nielson ranks Dallas and…

  17. And you thought Giants-Rangers couldn’t inspire passion

    Oct 25, 2010, 10:07 AM EST

    With the famously passionate Yankees and Phillies fanbases on outside looking in, I figured there wouldn’t be any trash talk in the leadup to this thing. And there isn’t a ton coming from San Francisco or Texas yet. But if you look down to L.A. there’s some to be found. From the Times’ Steve Dilbeck:…

  18. The Giants are “knuckleheads”

    Oct 25, 2010, 9:38 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies, Game 6

    I blame Kevin Millar and all of that “idiots” stuff for this.  Or maybe one of those Super Bowl teams who sang songs gets the ultimate blame. Heck, maybe it goes back to when the Dodgers were “bums.” Regardless, it seems that any time even a slight underdog progresses in the postseason, they get a…

  19. Joel Sherman calls Joe Girardi a paranoid liar

    Oct 25, 2010, 9:18 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    He doesn’t put those two words together, but Joel Sherman calls Girardi “paranoid” — twice — and calls him “deceitful,” “misleading” and says that he’s less-than-candid. There’s nothing wrong with writing a column pointing out the professional faults of the local manager following a tough playoff loss, but am I wrong in thinking that if…

  20. It’s gonna be wet in San Francisco for Game 2

    Oct 25, 2010, 8:53 AM EST

    AT&T Park wet

    You would have thought that having the Twins and the east coast teams out of the World Series would mean that this year we wouldn’t have any concerns about the weather. Yeah, you would have thought that, but you’d be wrong: It doesn’t qualify as torture, but here’s another wrinkle for fans of the San…

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